Tehran: An Iranian tanker held in Saudi Arabia since being forced to seek repairs at Jeddah port has been released and is returning to the Islamic republic, a minister said on Sunday.
The Happiness 1 tanker “was released following negotiations and is now moving toward Persian Gulf waters,” said transport minister Moha-mmad Eslami, quoted by state news agency IRNA.
The ship was forced to seek repairs in Saudi Arabia in early May after suffering “engine failure and loss of control”, the Iranian oil ministry's SHANA news agency said at the time. The rare docking came despite rising tensions between staunch enemies.
“Yesterday, with follow-ups from the ports and maritime authority the issue was resolved,” Eslami said. “The tanker is moving towards the Persian Gulf with the permission of the Jeddah port, towed by two Iranian tug boats.”...